Luminance (Chatsworth, CA): This lighting manufacturer and its Hallmark Lighting division, announced the appointment of Christopher M. Larocca as chief executive officer to oversee the strategic direction of both firms.
Larocca has held executive and senior sales positions in an array of technology and services companies, most recently as president of Dover Corp., manufacturer of a range of equipment and components, specialty systems and support services. He also has led OK International, a Dover company with operations in industrial soldering, fluid dispensing, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and production software, and before that was chief operating officer at EMCORE Corp., a manufacturer of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic, military/defense and aerospace solar power markets. Larocca began his career with the lighting products division of General Electric and served as as VP – Signals at GELcore LLC, a solid state lighting joint venture of EMCORE and General Electric that developed light-emitting diodes (LED) and systems for the specialty and general illumination markets.
“I am pleased that Chris Larocca has joined the team. He has revitalized companies through his experience in leading sales growth and his innovative approach to strategically focusing on key business lines,” said Ron Cozean, executive chairman of both Luminance and Hallmark Lighting and an operating executive at Resilience Capital Partners, which owns Luminance and Hallmark Lighting. “Chris will help Luminance and Hallmark Lighting stay competitive in the fast-evolving lighting marketplace.”
Luminance provides stock lighting solutions, fixtures and hardware to residential and commercial clients while its sister company, Hallmark Lighting, supplies customized lighting solutions primarily to the hospitality industry.
Larocca holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and an MBA degree from the University of Southern California.